An article on July 10, 2010 alleged that Dr Simon Willcock was under investigation for wrongly promoting his partner Alexia Rothwell-Sykes and giving her a six-figure salary while director of a Department of Health computer project. In fact, an internal enquiry found Dr Willlcock had not abused his position with regard to Ms Rothwell-Sykes’ pay. It was also wrong to suggest that their expenses claims were being looked into and that their relationship was long-standing. We apologise to them and their families for any distress caused.